Biggest Takeaways from Mar. 10 Edition of Raw
There are just four weeks until WrestleMania XXX, and time is running out for the show to garner as much attention and publicity as possible.
Each and every Raw show is becoming more important by the week, and this week was certainly a pivotal show.
We had plenty of WrestleMania developments, including the confirmation of a couple of big matches.
There were some good matches throughout and some solid promo work, too. One man stole the night, though (more on him later).
So, let's take a look at the biggest things we can take away from the Mar. 10 edition of Raw.
Nikki Bella Is AJ's Next Contender
We start with the Divas and a tag match between The Bella Twins, AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka.
Lee, the defending champion for some time now, has almost knocked off every single competitor that's been made available to her. Brie Bella appeared to be emerging as a dominant force alongside Lee in the division, but an injury curtailed that.
How ironic, then, that it appears to be her sister who will be the one to step up at WrestleMania XXX.
The fact that The Bella Twins didn't defeat Lee and Snuka wasn't the biggest indicator—it was that Nikki Bella had the obligatory pose with the championship after the match.
It would be an interesting match, to say the least. Could Nikki be the one who finally halts AJ Lee's dominance?
John Cena Has an Ally to Take on Bray
So, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt is finally on for WrestleMania XXX. It took a few weeks to get to this point, but Wyatt finally accepted the challenge on this Monday's Raw.
It was inevitable that John Cena would need someone in his corner if he was to stand a chance against Bray and his family.
It seems like that person may well be Hulk Hogan. The host of WrestleMania XXX started Monday's Raw by announcing the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. However, by the end of the opening segment, he was fighting in John Cena's corner.
You would imagine John Cena will now have Hogan as an ally in the match, which would align two of the biggest stars in the history of the company. It would certainly add a huge level of intrigue to Cena vs. Wyatt.
Out of all the people for the WWE to pin on John Cena, Hulk Hogan is not a bad option at all.
Paul Heyman Is Fighting Brock's Corner Excellently
We all knew how good Paul Heyman was on the microphone. We knew how good he was when cutting a promo on The Undertaker—we saw it last year when CM Punk fought 'Taker at WrestleMania 29.
However, at the moment, Paul Heyman is carrying Brock Lesnar on his shoulders. His promo this week on Raw was outstanding, and it made Brock's absence just a little bit easier to take.
Lesnar's schedule is that of a part-time performer—we all know that. However, in the weeks prior to a huge match against The Undertaker, he really should be doing his part.
Thankfully, Lesnar has Heyman to fight most of his battles when it comes to speaking. At this moment in time, Paul Heyman really is delivering in advance of WrestleMania XXX.
The Shield Could Well Survive for Some Time Yet
It could well be described as the biggest question hovering over the WWE at the moment: When will The Shield split up?
The odds seemed certain it would be in time for WrestleMania XXX; however, the events that transpired on Raw this week seem to suggest otherwise.
Could we have a scenario where The Shield actually lives on for some time yet? The trio's "Shield Summit" on SmackDown seemed to clear the air incredibly well—and the three members even picked up a good win this week on Raw.
Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose could well split up in the coming weeks. However, it seems just as likely that the best stable to hit the WWE in recent years may well have some life in it yet.
Occupy Raw: Novel and Groundbreaking
Daniel Bryan has been riding on a wave of popularity for some time now. However, the stunt the WWE let him pull this week confirms what plenty of us knew—Bryan is absolutely huge right now.
He is without a doubt the top guy in the company—at least in the eyes of the fans. And they are all that matter, surely?
You would imagine a championship reign has to be around the corner soon. His actions on Raw were surprisingly novel—another tick in Bryan's box as a megastar.
It created such a buzz in the arena that people will be talking about it for some time. Credit to Triple H, too—he played his part in a remarkably good promo.
But Bryan's ability to send the crowd into a state delirium with one word is groundbreaking, to say the least. "Occupy Raw" was sensational stuff.